Friday, September 5, 2008

Southwestern Cobb Salad

Last night's dinner was completely Matt's idea & creation, I'm not sure if this is technically a cobb salad but that's what he told me to call it. It's really simple to put together but the ingredients packed a nice punch from the warm grilled chicken, soft black beans, crunchy grilled corn, sweet fresh tomatoes & spicy dressing.
Southwestern Cobb Salad
Matt created the chipotle ranch dressing based on what we had in the fridge & garden. The base is made from non-fat & light ingredients which help keep it a little on the lighter side. I found the dressing to be quite hot so if you are a wimp like me start with a little less chipotle powder & add more to taste.

Chipotle Ranch Dressing

(This dressing when left thick, using the smallest amount of buttermilk, would make a great dip.)

1/4 c non-fat plain yogurt
1/4 c light mayonnaise
1/4 - 1/2 c non-fat buttermilk
1 clove garlic, minced very fine
1/2 T fresh parsley, chopped fine
1/2 T fresh basil, chopped fine
1/4 t kosher salt
1/4 t freshly ground black pepper
1/4 t dried chipotle powder

Mix everything together using only 1/4 c buttermilk. Add remaining buttermilk as needed to thin to the desired consistency.

Makes about 1 cup

For the salad we started with a bed of greens. To that we added two small chopped & seeded tomatoes. We rinsed a can of black beans & add those. We grilled one ear of corn & two small chicken breasts. The chicken breasts were rubbed with Fragrant Chili Rub before grilling. The kernels were sliced off the ears of corn & the chicken sliced & then both were added to the salad. Top everything off with the dressing & you have a tasty, filling, spicy main dish salad.

Looking for more main dish salad ideas?
BLT Bread Salad
Roasted Vegetable Salad
Asian Chicken Salad


Nikki @ NikSnacks said...

Oooh! Or maybe Greek yogurt in place of the buttermilk to make the dip. It has a little tang to it, yeah. I need some corn in my kitchen. Was your corn raw? I bet it was juicy and sweet.

Deborah said...

Is it bad that it is just after 9am and now I want a salad - like right now?? This looks delicious!

kat said...

Nikki - yogurt would be a perfect substitute, I do that a lot in my baking. The corn was grilled on the cob with the chicken.

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

What a great light ceamy dressing. I am going to try it. And those cupcakes look delicious1

Lori said...

That sounds amazing. I need to use that dressing. Farily light too. Great job Matt! I love making my own dressing. Doesnt it beat out store bought for the most part!

TS of eatingclub vancouver said...

I couldn't help remembering the _Curb your Enthusiasm_ episode where a guy claims his grandfather invented the Cobb salad. ;D

Leslie said...

Cobb salad is one of my Favorite salads! YUMMY

Alicia Foodycat said...

I've never had a Cobb salad - but I want this one! This looks so fresh and enticing!

grace said...

anything with "southwestern" or "chipotle" in the name is automatically on my yum list. this is great! :)

Beth (jamandcream) said...

Looks great - making me hungry and have only just eaten. Liking the sound if the ranch dressing.

giz said...

All in all - a winner of a dish and you can call it whatever you like - the final result is still yum. Love the picture.

Mom24 said...

This is so delicious. Completely wonderful. Even my kids ate it, which is unbelievable. Thanks for the recipes.

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